Winter's cold and wet weather has made it difficult for teams to get ready for the spring season, but with the official start of spring on Thursday, Baltimore County's boys lacrosse players are eager to get going. Here is a preview of the public boys lacrosse teams at Catonsville, Dulaney, Hereford, Loch Raven, Towson and Western Tech.
2013 record: 4-9
Coach Aaron Stubb’s quote: “I would definitely say we are very strong on defense.”
Breakdown: The Comets strength on defense comes in the form of the veteran leadership of four-year varsity longstick Steve Ruppel and three-year varsity defender Jake Bredeck.
Ruppel will play at Lynchburg College next year.
Joining them on defense are junior Tommy Sadler and sophomores Denny Manley, Ray Rada and Colin Burk.
Senior AJ Beck returns in goal after missing most of last season with a knee injury.
Junior Hunter Chevron is a capable backup between the pipes.
The attack also boasts a four-year varsity player in senior Dillon Hannah.
Hannah, who will play at York College, and junior Brian Holmes are the top returning attackmen.
Senior Alex Kellerman and junior Keddrick Canady will share faceoff duties.
Longstick midfield Nick Ellsworth and shortstick middie John Noppenberger are complemented in the midfield by sophomore Andrew Peabody, whose athleticism fits right in with the rest of the Comets.
“We are a lot more athletic,” said Stubbs, who saw that in his squad’s first scrimmage. “We were more aggressive going toward the goal and we were playing a lot better pressure defense.”
2013 record: 10-6
Coach Kyle Fiat’s quote: “The team’s work ethic is incredible. What they did in the weight room and their commitment to improve is unbelievable.”
Breakdown: The Lions should turn the corner into contention for a berth in the Class 4A state semifinals after losing to Bel Air in the regional semifinal the past two seasons.
Fiat returns his most seasoned team in his four years on the job.
“I think we are a lot more deeper and experienced,” the coach said. “We had a lot of sophomores playing the last two years. Those kids are now juniors and seniors coming back. Physically, we are a lot different team. Kids are in their third and fourth year of our conditioning program.”
Senior Keegan Colegrove (Frostburg State) returns to attack after leading the Lions in scoring the past two seasons. During that time, he racked up 90 points.
The four-year starter earned first-team All-County honors last year because of his fast and accurate shot.
Senior attacker Joe Fingles (22 goals, Wesley) will complement the offense as a starter.
Junior Cameron Carter and sophomore Michel Garrett should blossom with expanded roles this spring.
“We return four attackmen,” Fiat said. “So they will have a lot of control of the offense.”